MLS commissioner ‘confident’ St. Louis will get a team if voters approve stadium funding

Major League Soccer’s commissioner said he’s “confident” St. Louis will get a team in the league’s four-team expansion, if voters approve financing for a stadium next Tuesday.

“I’m very confident that if we’re able to go forward here, all that energy behind bringing MLS to St. Louis for many, many years will be fulfilled,” Don Garber said Monday at a news conference. “But we still have work to do.”

Garber was referring to the expansion process, which includes bids from St. Louis and 11 other communities around the country. Two of the four new franchises are expected to be announced this year.

Garber appeared in St. Louis a week before city voters will decide on Proposition 2, which would designate $60 million in public financing to go toward a 22,000-seat stadium downtown.

The stadium would be built on state-owned land just west of Union Station downtown. Total project cost is estimated between $150 million and $200 million. SC STL investors would cover costs beyond the $60 million in public money.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal

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